May 6, 1913, New York City – October 12, 1989, Columbus, Ohio
Carmen Cavallaro known as the Poet of the Piano, he showed a gift for music from age three, picking out tunes on a toy piano. His parents were encouraged to develop the child’s musical talents and he studied classical piano.
Though a classically-trained performer, in time he expanded into pop arrangements in the mode of his chief inspiration, Eddy Duchin. After a four-year stint as the featured soloist with bandleader Al Kavelin, in 1937 Cavallaro moved on to a series of other society big bands, including those helmed by Abe Lyman, Enric Madriguera, and Meyer Davis; in the early 1940s, he began leading his own groups, making his name on the hotel circuit and on radio.
Carmen Cavallaro – Voodoo Moon
Settling in Hollywood in 1944, he appeared in films including Hollywood Canteen, Out of This World and The Time, the Place and the Girl and in 1945 also scored a hit with Chopin’s Polonaise.
Signing to Decca, Cavallaro recorded a series of best-selling 78s including Cavallaro Plays Ellington, Music at Midnight and For Latin Lovers and in 1956 he ghosted Tyrone Power’s piano playing in the big-screen biopic The Eddy Duchin Story.
Exciting Time With Carmen Cavallaro At The Piano